6 Arrested in London Over Threat to Pope
Pontiff's visit sparks controversy in Britain
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2010 7:04 AM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2010 1:07 PM CDT
Anti-Pope protesters demonstrate, as Pope Benedict XVI arrives at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London. Friday Sept. 17, 2010.   (Ben Birchall)
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(Newser) – British police staged a predawn raid at a central London garbage depot today, arresting five street cleaners in a suspected terrorist plot against Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of his state visit to Britain. A sixth person was arrested later. Acting on a tip, police detained the men, aged 26 to 50, under the Terrorism Act after receiving information about a possible threat.

The men were being questioned at a London police station and have not been charged. Police said an initial search of that business and other properties did not uncover any hazardous items. Police confirmed that some of the suspects were thought to be from outside Britain but declined to comment on media reports they were of Algerian origin. See earlier stories on the papal visit here.